How to Earn a Teaching Degree – Teach and Study in Thailand.

Teaching English is what I love to do the most. Many teachers pursue their dream of teaching English to children despite the workload it may carry in some schools. Ones you know how to teach, it isn’t stressful, in the contrary, it is fun. It doesn’t feel like going to work. Developing methods and materials is more like a hobby than work. Every morning when you arrive at school and meet all those happy faces you instantly forget all your worries. The Thais are very laid-back people, even in schools!


Teaching English is abbreviated mostly in 3 ways: TESOL, ESL or EFL. They all mean teaching English to non-native speakers, the slight difference is what kind of students do you teach. Is English their second language (ESL) or just a foreign language (EFL). In both cases you teach English to students of other languages (TESOL).

In Thailand there are students who are learning English as their second language, just like students in The Netherlands for example, and some of them are quite fluent already in primary years which depends on the school and home environment.

Most of the Thai students however don’t speak good English and it will never be their second language. The teaching methods and techniques differ therefore, but in all schools, whether it is a bilingual school or a local, small primary school, you need a degree if you want to teach full-time. Just like anywhere else in the world, teachers must have degrees and teaching licenses in Thailand.


How to earn a teaching degree? Wouldn’t you like to obtain a teaching license if you are passionate about teaching? This blog provides the perfect solution and I’m happy to share it with you.

Living and teaching in Thailand

TESOL degree.

Most of the foreigners who teach ESL have followed a TEFL course, and most of them have a college degree in any field obtained from a college back home. They are not teachers back home, and they don’t have a teaching license from their home countries, but the job requirements state that you need a bachelor degree in any field.

This is the case in most schools, but working without degrees is possible sometimes.

There is good news for people who would like to move to Thailand and teach, but don’t have teaching qualifications other than a TEFL course.

The BA TESOL international degree program at Siam Technology College in Bangkok is accredited and accepted all over the world as a real bachelor degree in TESOL. You will even get a 120-hour TESOL (TEFL) certificate and a Young Learners certificate, so no need to pay for a TEFL course.

You might think why I’m writing about this particular degree program since there are more universities that have TESOL degree programs. Well, yes, but this program isn’t expensive and with the Education visa you can stay in Thailand and teach English online or in a language center.

The time-zone here is about the same as in China and closer to countries like Japan and Korea with lots of learners online. Huge market!

You will follow the courses during the school breaks in the College in Bangkok, which is great because that means that you can chill out near a beach and work online. Some schools and agencies will even hire you without a degree, but working without a work permit is illegal, therefore teaching online and/or in a language center is the way to make some cash and pay for your stay.


Entrance requirements and tuition fees.

The following criteria should be met:

  • A high school diploma;
  • A strong command of English;
  • Certified vocational training and work experience

The degree program consists of 122 credits. The tuition fees are THB 1,150 per credit. You must take at least 9 credits per semester in order to fulfill the visa requirements and you are allowed to take maximum 22 credits per semester. There are 3 different type of classes:

  • Weekly classes during the school breaks in March, April and October;
  • Weekend classes in addition to the weekly classes and regular weekend classes from May-September and November-January;
  • Evening classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but there aren’t that many.

Some quality courses are:

  • English Language Teaching (ELT) Methodology (6 credits);
  • Teaching Reading;
  • Teaching Writing;
  • Teaching Listening and Speaking;
  • Second Language Acquisition;
  • Second Language Testing;
  • Teaching Young Learners;
  • Teaching Vocabulary;
  • Understanding Teaching and Learning;
  • Classroom Management.

The courses have 3 levels of difficulty. The green classes are beginner classes, the orange classes are intermediate classes, and the red ones are advanced classes.

Live your dream life.

Living your dream life in Thailand is possible. Life in Thailand isn’t complicated and the people are very friendly. Thailand is very beautiful and you can still find empty beaches if you want. Living your dream life is different to everyone, but it means to everyone a safe environment with friendly people and a good climate.

Thailand has it all, before the pandemic situation it was one of the best tourist destinations in the world. The TESOL degree program makes it possible to live free and without any difficulties as soon as they allow tourists in the country, which is soon (November 2021).

The website of the college is outdated and got wrong information, including the fees, but I provided the link for you anyway so you can check it out yourself. If you need more information about how to earn a teaching degree, leave a comment or send me an email.  If you would like to sign up for this degree program, you are asked to type in the person’s full name (Clemont Harms) who told you about this program, this way I’m happy to share the referral bonus with you. (Send me your email)

Many more posts are here to follow about live TESOL: live to teach and teach to live. Hopefully you will check them out and get answers to questions you might have about TESOL.


4 thoughts on “How to Earn a Teaching Degree – Teach and Study in Thailand.”

  1. Thanks for the helpful guide to earning a teaching degree and teaching and studying in Thailand. I’ve had a handful of friends who went to Asia to teach for a while, and one of them even decided to move there permanently!

    Also, I had a friend who finally landed her dream opportunity to teach in Asia this past year, but COVID protocols in the country were going to make “living the dream” almost impossible due to the pandemic. She turned down the offer, quite heartbroken about it. 

    Are there any additional COVID considerations in Thailand right now (beyond Nov 2021) for anyone who wants to jump into this? I’d like to learn more and share with my friend if it’s a good fit!

    1. Hi Aly! Thank you for your comment. Yes, during the pandemic things were quite hard for everyone, that’s why people turned to online teaching. I’m not sure what will happen in the future in Thailand, but if your friends would like to make that choice I would say go for it while you can. I think the Thais want tourists to come back soon. When you’re here and have processed your work permit, you could always change your visa into an education visa later and teach online. Make sure you’ve got the necessary documents and health insurance. Life is so much better here when you love teaching English! Take care and I’ll keep an eye on the Thai news for any updates. Keep in touch!

  2. I used to work as an ESL teacher in Tokyo, and I can, beyond a shadow of a doubt, say that it was one of the best experiences I’ve had so far.

    I enjoyed every second of teaching English to middle schoolers and even managed to pick up a lot about their culture.

    I’m currently living in Dublin and waiting for my visa to move back to Japan again. It’s truly an unforgettable experience, and I hope that others get to experience it as well.

    TESOL all the way!

    1. Thanks Gorjan! Great to hear that you enjoy teaching as well. I hope you can return to Japan asap. Language teaching involves a lot of culture, we bring our culture in their world. Japanese culture is very different than ours, TESOL/ESL teachers should therefore understand the culture they’re teaching in, it is a cross-cultural awareness and a learning process for both sides! English language teaching (ELT), as you know, can only work when there’s mutual understanding and respect. Furthermore, acquiring language will only happen when the learner has no anxiety to speak the language in front of peers and the native speaker, hasn’t a low self-esteem, and is motivated. Comprehensible input is the key to success (Krashen’s effective filter hypothesis). I’m interested to hear your experiences about these topics and ELT in Japan. Teach to live and live to teach! Live TESOL! 

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